TALKING WITH SMAC

Jason Gregor
July 14 2011 12:19PM

Steve MacIntyre inked a two-way deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier this week and yesterday I chatted with the former Oiler about riding shotgun for Sidney Crosby, working on his game so he'll get more icetime and opening the season against his former teammates.

MacIntyre will make $600,000 in the show and $105,000 if he plays in the AHL, but he is planning on protecting Crosby all season long. He gave a very honest assessment of his game and he seemed to understand why he didn't get to play very much in Edmonton last year.

"I have to work on my hockey sense. I got caught second guessing myself often. Sometimes I was too hesitant and not going with my gut instinct. I was thinking about things too much. I need to calm down in the games. Everyone can do it in practice, even I could do it in practice, but when it came to the games I was kinda like a deer in the headlights.

"Coach put me in situations where he thought I could succeed, but it was a 50/50 for him, 'Can Mac get it out, is he going to get it deep,' and I think that was my biggest downfall. Those instances I need to simplify things and just go out there and play hockey instead of going through and thinking about everything... I need to go out there and just be automatic."

I always found MacIntyre's honesty refreshing when we chatted in the dressing room. Whether we talked about hockey, hunting or an upcoming fight he never fed you a line of BS. While we chatted on my show yesterday he admitted that on the ice his honesty might have hurt him.

"Another of my downfalls was I might have been too honest on the ice. I have that other side of me (snap factor), but I didn't show it often enough. The NHL is a lot different than the minors. Down there the guys want it (fights) more. They are hungry and they want to engage. Up here guys are picking their spots, trying to figure out if this will help their team, if it will put them down a man or just how the game is going. There are a lot more facets to it than just going out there and dropping your gloves. It is something I have to learn. I have to engage people and more or less get under their saddle pads and get them off their game."

It sounds like he plans on being more aggressive with Pittsburgh.

"Last year I started out pretty good. Obviously that first night was huge, it was like scoring a hat trick for a tough guy, but then I kind of got caught up in things a little bit during the middle part of the season. In the final ten games I decided that I was going to go out with a bang and do things a bit different. Be more aggressive and hope that I could secure a job for next year. I plan on playing that way from the start this season."

I've always felt being a tough guy is the hardest job in pro sports, and as the guys continually get bigger I think it is only getting harder. There is loads of pressure every time a guy drops the gloves, because none of them want to get beat up in front of millions of people watching live or on TV.

I think that job is even more difficult when you are on a 30th place team that can't kill penalties. 

Teams and fans want their tough guys to be aggressive, but it is hard to be aggressive when you are worrying about taking a penalty while doing it. If a tough guy knows that his team is good enough to kill off the odd aggressive penalty he can run around a bit more. MacIntyre never had that option in Edmonton, but he'll have more leeway in Pittsburgh because the Pens are a better team.

I asked Big Mac if that was the case at times last year.

"I don't want to make up any excuses for why I wasn't more aggressive. That is my job as a professional. I need to learn how I can be a factor in the games. At times I got caught second guessing myself, and with the type of team they are building in Edmonton it a little tougher, but that is part of the growth process for me. Part of being an NHL tough guy is, like the song says, you gotta know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em," laughed MacIntyre.

I didn't expect MacIntyre to blame the Oilers PK woes for his lack of aggressive play, but it is a factor. When you are as big and as tough as MacIntyre, the refs won't do you many favours if you land a big hit or get in a scrum. 

HOME OPENER

 

The Jordan Eberle TSN play of the year and the MacIntyre KO of Ivanans had Oiler fans dreaming of a Stanley Cup on opening night last year, and MacIntyre plans on being a part of this year's home opener as well. The only difference is he will be a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"There is a big circle around that day on my calender. I had a chance to talk to Dan Bylsma and I told him that there was this one particular game that if I could at all be a part of, I sure would love to be a part of because there was a couple people who took my job and I don't take too kindly to that. So I guess we'll have to see."

MacIntyre ended that statement with a mischievious chuckle, and if he is in the lineup Darcy Hordichuk might have an early season dance partner.

Before saying goodbye Big Mac took a crack at his former teammate and hunting partner, and he had a message for Oiler fans.

"If I could get close enough to Ryan (Jones) in warm-up and chop off a chunk of his hair that would be fun... I'm so very thankful to the Oilers and all the fans. I might be playing on different teams, but I'll be a fan of the Oilers until the day I die."

It is hard not to cheer for a guy like MacIntyre. I wish him all the best.

SPEC'S DECK

Mark Spector has been a regular on my show for two years now. He is a fun guy, who isn't afraid to speak his mind on any topic. Half the time he'll does his "hit" on my show from his deck. He epitomizes the guy who likes to sit on his deck and have a beer.

We've come up with a fun charitable angle for Spec's deck.

On Friday August 12th, we will be doing my show from Spec's deck, and we'll have five lucky winners join us, along with three of their friends for a hell of a party.

The contest works like this. You donate $100 to help end MS and you get in the draw. We will have FIVE winners and we cap it at 100 entries. You can enter as many times as you wish. $100 gets you one entry, $200 gets you two and so one.

The winner gets to bring three friends with them... Here is what you get.

Blue Sky Limo will pick you up, (Each group of four has one pick up spot) and they take you to Spec's deck.
The Ranch Golf and County Club will be catering the event. BBQ steak, chicken, potatoes, veggies, etc...
Big Rock will supply beer all night long and in the Limo.
Andrew Peller will supply the wine, because us sports guys are a dignified group.
Bacardi will supply a variety of hard liquor.
Co-Op Taxi will ensure everyone gets home safe and sound. We don't allow drinking and driving.

The party will start around 4 p.m. and last for as long as we like. Robin Brownlee, Ryan Rishaug, Meg Morrison and their spouses will also be there. I've also secured two SPECIAL GUESTS. Two NHL players will spend the evening sharing stories and probably listening to "how you were this close to making the show."

There will also be a musical guest who will be playing a few sets on the deck/backyard.

This will be a great evening of fun, laughs and good times.

To enter click here. Thanks for helping us end MS.

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#51 David S
July 14 2011, 11:22PM
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Here's the interview:

http://s3.amazonaws.com/the-jason-gregor-show/highlight_reel/clips/Steve_MacIntyre_-_July_13.mp3

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#52 Coco crisp
July 15 2011, 02:35AM
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I hope Mac beats the hell out of Hordichuk. Then I hope he fights Eager as well. Murphy's law would have something happen like that happen.

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#54 Paulie
July 15 2011, 10:35AM
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I miss Big Mac already... I don't care that he's not great as a player or doesn't have the best hockey sense.. I also disagree with Specs comments 7/14/11, where he mentions that players at the age of 30+ don't get better. I disagree,.. the cerebral part of a player's game can continually improve until retirement,.. and beyond..your mental understanding of the game is a learned facet... Good luck Mac...

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#55 Oilcruzer
July 15 2011, 10:37AM
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@Jason Gregor

"Reached on Error" has to be part of the current series of live ball plays before "Time" is called (or assumed).

The next pitch equals a new play. There is no such thing as "Reached on Previous Error"

But... the homerun is "UnEarned" against the Pitcher's record, if the guy should have been out.

All other runs scored in that half inning also don't count, if that "Out" that should have occured, would have been the end of the inning.

EDIT

We need a new story.

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#56 Dman09
July 15 2011, 10:53AM
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Paulie wrote:

I miss Big Mac already... I don't care that he's not great as a player or doesn't have the best hockey sense.. I also disagree with Specs comments 7/14/11, where he mentions that players at the age of 30+ don't get better. I disagree,.. the cerebral part of a player's game can continually improve until retirement,.. and beyond..your mental understanding of the game is a learned facet... Good luck Mac...

If players 30+ didn't improve then Thomas wouldn't be playing the in the NHL let alone winning the cup and setting records.

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#57 Quicksilver ballet
July 15 2011, 10:56AM
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Dman09 wrote:

Guy from the jackets today on Oilers Lunch said the wouldn't even entertain offers or ideas about trading Johansen.

I never put much weight into media related opinions. I rarely listen to that host formerly known as Bob Stauffer, alot of times we're just hearing rubbish. The Oilers fully control what does and doesn't get fed to the media. Bob only responds to what the Oilers have allowed him to feed to the airwaves, he's never in on the initiating part of it.

Scott Howson recognizes that he's coming to the end of his rope in Columbus. He's motivated and needs to make a splash this season to prolong his employment. Hemsky can help him out now whereas with Ryan Johansen is atleast two years away from being the type of contributor the Jackets need now. With a motivated buyer in Howson, there's a deal to be had there in Hemsky for Johansen. Johansen and a conditional draft pick in exchange for Hemsky. It's refreshing to see a GM Like Howson pushing all his chips into the middle hoping to error on the side of caution.

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#58 Dman09
July 15 2011, 11:08AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

I never put much weight into media related opinions. I rarely listen to that host formerly known as Bob Stauffer, alot of times we're just hearing rubbish. The Oilers fully control what does and doesn't get fed to the media. Bob only responds to what the Oilers have allowed him to feed to the airwaves, he's never in on the initiating part of it.

Scott Howson recognizes that he's coming to the end of his rope in Columbus. He's motivated and needs to make a splash this season to prolong his employment. Hemsky can help him out now whereas with Ryan Johansen is atleast two years away from being the type of contributor the Jackets need now. With a motivated buyer in Howson, there's a deal to be had there in Hemsky for Johansen. Johansen and a conditional draft pick in exchange for Hemsky. It's refreshing to see a GM Like Howson pushing all his chips into the middle hoping to error on the side of caution.

From some of the comments around this player it sounds like they want to bring him into the NHL this year and feed him limited mins like Boston did with Seguin. I think EDM fans tend to over value hemsky compared to how the rest of the league views him. The big problem is going to be his injury history and the fact that he only has one year left, in the views of other GMs this is a problem. I think everyone can agree that Hemsky is a great player point a game if he can stay healthy.

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#59 Quicksilver ballet
July 15 2011, 11:44AM
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Dman09 wrote:

From some of the comments around this player it sounds like they want to bring him into the NHL this year and feed him limited mins like Boston did with Seguin. I think EDM fans tend to over value hemsky compared to how the rest of the league views him. The big problem is going to be his injury history and the fact that he only has one year left, in the views of other GMs this is a problem. I think everyone can agree that Hemsky is a great player point a game if he can stay healthy.

The Bruins had the luxury of having a pretty good hockey to help Tyler along. Columbus will be fighting tooth and nail to solidify a playoff spot this year. Like the LA Kings did with Brayden Schenn, if the right piece is available i have to believe Johansen's available.

With both his shoulders fixed now there's a renewed sense of optimism. Of all the top 6 forwards that may or may not be available, i have to believe when it comes to Hemsky and Howson, Scott has a definate case of tunnel vision.

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#60 Dman09
July 15 2011, 12:06PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

The Bruins had the luxury of having a pretty good hockey to help Tyler along. Columbus will be fighting tooth and nail to solidify a playoff spot this year. Like the LA Kings did with Brayden Schenn, if the right piece is available i have to believe Johansen's available.

With both his shoulders fixed now there's a renewed sense of optimism. Of all the top 6 forwards that may or may not be available, i have to believe when it comes to Hemsky and Howson, Scott has a definate case of tunnel vision.

As much as they like hemsky, I think if they traded Johanson then he would be fired for sure. I would be willing to bet that they would rather part with 2 1st round picks before they get rid of them. Especially if they are planning on trying to make a strong playoff run giving up first rounders would be acceptable. Personally if I was Tambo I would be more willing to take on the 1st rounders. especially for the next draft which is heavy with high quality defenseman. We don't need another forward prospect right now.

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#61 Dman09
July 15 2011, 12:08PM
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@Dman09

let me rephrase that. We don't need another forward prospect so close to being in the NHL. and that should have been him not them.

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#62 OILERSORDEATH
July 15 2011, 12:23PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

The Bruins had the luxury of having a pretty good hockey to help Tyler along. Columbus will be fighting tooth and nail to solidify a playoff spot this year. Like the LA Kings did with Brayden Schenn, if the right piece is available i have to believe Johansen's available.

With both his shoulders fixed now there's a renewed sense of optimism. Of all the top 6 forwards that may or may not be available, i have to believe when it comes to Hemsky and Howson, Scott has a definate case of tunnel vision.

Very much agreed! I wonder if we toss in the 2 rounder we got for Cogs if that might sweeten the pot a little?

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#63 Let's Rebuild
July 15 2011, 12:35PM
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@Quicksilver ballet

The problem with giving up the future (Johansson)for success today (Hemsky) is: What if it works and Howson keeps his job. If Hemsky walks after next year then it is possible Columbus falls back out of the playoffs and Howson is fired a year later. I highly doubt he is only looking at staying alive this year but he probably has a 3-5 year plan which includes adding essential young talent like Johansson.

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#64 Rob...
July 15 2011, 12:48PM
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All the best to Big Mac, starting game 2 of the season.

On another note, major sports websites today are all carrying stories on Lombardi and this crap concerning the Smyth trade. If Lombardi is refusing to shut up, and IF it can't be proven that Tambi and his staff did anything wrong, I would hope the league does the right thing and punishes the Kings. I don't want to see just a fine, I want to see the draft pick from the Smyth deal upgraded to a second round, with a caveat that if he beaks off about the punishment that the Oil will get their first instead. Enough is enough with a league brass innactivity.

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#65 Dman09
July 15 2011, 12:55PM
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Rob... wrote:

All the best to Big Mac, starting game 2 of the season.

On another note, major sports websites today are all carrying stories on Lombardi and this crap concerning the Smyth trade. If Lombardi is refusing to shut up, and IF it can't be proven that Tambi and his staff did anything wrong, I would hope the league does the right thing and punishes the Kings. I don't want to see just a fine, I want to see the draft pick from the Smyth deal upgraded to a second round, with a caveat that if he beaks off about the punishment that the Oil will get their first instead. Enough is enough with a league brass innactivity.

I agree I don't think they would go to a second right away maybe this years 4th and then keep bumping it up as he keeps running his mouth. I hope other GMs are taking notice of this. They won't want to do any deals with him in the future just being proactive to avoid any of this crap for their teams.

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#66 Dennis
July 15 2011, 12:59PM
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@Bucknuck

You're avatar looks like a cross between that guy from Mythbusters and Ed Begley Jr

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#67 Quicksilver ballet
July 15 2011, 01:26PM
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OILERSORDEATH wrote:

Very much agreed! I wonder if we toss in the 2 rounder we got for Cogs if that might sweeten the pot a little?

I would do that if they included Jared Boll but leaving with just Johansen would be good enough for me. With a fail rate over 90%, that second rounder puts alot of pressure on the scouting dept.

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#68 fuck off
July 15 2011, 01:27PM
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Rob... wrote:

All the best to Big Mac, starting game 2 of the season.

On another note, major sports websites today are all carrying stories on Lombardi and this crap concerning the Smyth trade. If Lombardi is refusing to shut up, and IF it can't be proven that Tambi and his staff did anything wrong, I would hope the league does the right thing and punishes the Kings. I don't want to see just a fine, I want to see the draft pick from the Smyth deal upgraded to a second round, with a caveat that if he beaks off about the punishment that the Oil will get their first instead. Enough is enough with a league brass innactivity.

Are you a welder?

You said that you want the Oiler's 2012 7th round pick to turn into the Oilers 2012 2nd round pick if Lombardi is just running his mouth.
What you meant to say is that the Kings should forfiet a 2nd round pick to the Oilers for compensation due to slander.

I know not eveyone graduated high school with English 30 but seriously people; proof read your damn posts at least ONCE! Then figure out what that silly little "Edit" button does. (Dman09)

I do agree with you though Rob, or at least what I assume you meant. A 2nd rounder is adequet punishment for the drama scene that Lombardi has been scripting with his valley girl tirade.

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#69 Quicksilver ballet
July 15 2011, 01:39PM
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Let's Rebuild wrote:

The problem with giving up the future (Johansson)for success today (Hemsky) is: What if it works and Howson keeps his job. If Hemsky walks after next year then it is possible Columbus falls back out of the playoffs and Howson is fired a year later. I highly doubt he is only looking at staying alive this year but he probably has a 3-5 year plan which includes adding essential young talent like Johansson.

There's a good fit there for Hemsky. He'd have a full year to get accustomed to the Columbus area. This would give the Jackets a 1 year head start at extending him. Ales has plenty of money, i don't believe he's looking to strike gold July 1st 2012. Even with a career year this season, Hemsky would be a strong player for them with a cap friendly 5-5.5 cap hit for most if not all of those 5 yrs you were concerned about.

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#70 MJ
July 15 2011, 02:01PM
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I do not like no-content Fridays. What now, am I supposed to work today?

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#71 Rob...
July 15 2011, 02:08PM
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@fuck off

Use actual quotes instead of paraphrases when attempting to criticize someone's grammar, spelling or meaning. As well, it would be nice if you could spell a word like 'adequate' properly given your amazing pomposity. Finally, I said exactly what I meant to say. I am baffled by your failure to understand my original post, and am astounded by your need to attack me over it.

Now go have yourself a fantastic weekend.

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#72 Dman09
July 15 2011, 02:16PM
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fuck off wrote:

Are you a welder?

You said that you want the Oiler's 2012 7th round pick to turn into the Oilers 2012 2nd round pick if Lombardi is just running his mouth.
What you meant to say is that the Kings should forfiet a 2nd round pick to the Oilers for compensation due to slander.

I know not eveyone graduated high school with English 30 but seriously people; proof read your damn posts at least ONCE! Then figure out what that silly little "Edit" button does. (Dman09)

I do agree with you though Rob, or at least what I assume you meant. A 2nd rounder is adequet punishment for the drama scene that Lombardi has been scripting with his valley girl tirade.

Wish I had an edit option but the company security setup doesn't allow me to login.

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#73 Dman09
July 15 2011, 02:20PM
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Rob... wrote:

Use actual quotes instead of paraphrases when attempting to criticize someone's grammar, spelling or meaning. As well, it would be nice if you could spell a word like 'adequate' properly given your amazing pomposity. Finally, I said exactly what I meant to say. I am baffled by your failure to understand my original post, and am astounded by your need to attack me over it.

Now go have yourself a fantastic weekend.

Also nobody is getting marked on here for their grammar. If it bothers you that much don't read people's posts. I'm not writing a book or an essay so piss off.

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#74 Archaeologuy
July 15 2011, 02:20PM
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MJ wrote:

I do not like no-content Fridays. What now, am I supposed to work today?

I refuse! No sir, this shall not do.

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#75 Oilcruzer
July 15 2011, 02:20PM
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Loubardias is a nice guy but unfortunately, his voice wasn't NHL Play by Play quality.

Maybe TSN will pick him up as a colour guy.

http://www.mediabistro.com/sportsnewser/flames-fire-play-by-play-announcer-loubardias_b11823

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#76 Sloppy Joe
July 15 2011, 02:20PM
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@ Rob ...

Props on calling out pomposity where you see it. I personally thought "adequet" was pricelessly ironic given the context.

Having said that, I don't really understand your comment about upgrading "the draft pick from the Smyth deal [...] to a second round ...". LA got EDM's 7th round pick in that trade (we didn't get theirs), so upgrading it to a 2nd would hurt the Oil, not the Kings. I think this is what mxke was referring to.

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#77 Dman09
July 15 2011, 02:22PM
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@Dman09

Last statement wasn't directed at you Rob it was at the idoit that seems to think grammar is a more important topic to discuss on a hockey site than actual hockey.

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#78 Rob...
July 15 2011, 02:27PM
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@Sloppy Joe

I propped you for that, because I actually understood what you were criticizing. You're right; I was mixed up, thinking that we somehow got a 7th out of it as well as Smyth... something I should have realized was incorrect if I had thought about it a bit longer.

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#79 Dman09
July 15 2011, 02:30PM
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Since nothing seems to be going on today I have a question for everyone. Have you all noticed that at the top of the page all the links to the other site are Jets Nation, Leafs Nation..... except VAN. Are they trying to 1 up everyone by declaring that they have an ARMY not a nation. News flash, your army got run over by american tanks, most of which are Canadains which should come as no surprise.

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#80 thepeetso
July 15 2011, 02:42PM
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Dman09 wrote:

Last statement wasn't directed at you Rob it was at the idoit that seems to think grammar is a more important topic to discuss on a hockey site than actual hockey.

What grammar not as good to talk ok talk hockey when want? Their. Understand. oilers gagne trade for rounder 2nd! Know? Rounder 1st, then.

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#81 Dman09
July 15 2011, 02:44PM
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thepeetso wrote:

What grammar not as good to talk ok talk hockey when want? Their. Understand. oilers gagne trade for rounder 2nd! Know? Rounder 1st, then.

And that my friends it what happens when relatives procreate.

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#82 geoilersgist
July 15 2011, 02:47PM
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@Dman09

Thats more like brothers and sisters...

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#83 thepeetso
July 15 2011, 02:49PM
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Dman09 wrote:

And that my friends it what happens when relatives procreate.

What. you not not want talk of grammar good. Go hockey talk on site hockey.

Anyways . . . sorry to see Smac go. The big fella needs to really work on his skating so he can at least be effective physically when no wants to go with him.

Pretty hard to be a factor when you can't even get to the action.

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#84 Dman09
July 15 2011, 02:54PM
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thepeetso wrote:

What. you not not want talk of grammar good. Go hockey talk on site hockey.

Anyways . . . sorry to see Smac go. The big fella needs to really work on his skating so he can at least be effective physically when no wants to go with him.

Pretty hard to be a factor when you can't even get to the action.

And when people aren't willing to fight you anymore.

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#85 Dman09
July 15 2011, 02:54PM
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geoilersgist wrote:

Thats more like brothers and sisters...

Brothers and Sisters are relatives are they not?

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#86 Pajamah
July 15 2011, 03:11PM
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Everyone relax

It's spelt g-r-a-m-m-e-r, lol

Wanye, "you're" kids "our" fighting, put an end to this by posting pretty pictures of ladies

Scratch that, you post hilarious MS Paint, let Lowetide do the purdy picatures.

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#87 Archaeologuy
July 15 2011, 03:21PM
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This better get broken up before Robin sees it and sh*t really hits the fan.

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#88 geoilersgist
July 15 2011, 03:53PM
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@Dman09

What I was getting at was a brother and sister are more likely to create a messed up child than say cousins who are directly related.

And to the point, I will also miss big mac and his KO abilities

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#89 fuck off
July 15 2011, 04:01PM
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Rob... wrote:

Use actual quotes instead of paraphrases when attempting to criticize someone's grammar, spelling or meaning. As well, it would be nice if you could spell a word like 'adequate' properly given your amazing pomposity. Finally, I said exactly what I meant to say. I am baffled by your failure to understand my original post, and am astounded by your need to attack me over it.

Now go have yourself a fantastic weekend.

Wow, ultimate fail, Dman included.

My post had nothing to do about grammar but instead Sloppy Joe repeated my point about your complete confusion (post #76) that I was trying to clarify.

Congrats on overreacting.

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#90 @Oilanderp
July 15 2011, 04:02PM
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Well.

What do we do now?

Ok talk amongst yourselves. Topic: The peanut is neither a pea nor a nut. Discuss.

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#91 thepeetso
July 15 2011, 04:07PM
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@@Oilanderp

. . .but it makes damn fine butter.

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#92 ricky p
July 15 2011, 04:09PM
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So how about we all go to the Esks game tomorrow night? Seems we all need to get out here. It's football season boys, go enjoy it. Oilers action to resume in a couple months. I don't need to spell it out here, do I :)

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#93 Quicksilver ballet
July 15 2011, 04:19PM
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Still two months till training camp starts. Feels like we haven't had hockey for 6 months already.

[smiley face running in circles flailing his arms in the air]

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#94 Oilcruzer
July 15 2011, 04:35PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Still two months till training camp starts. Feels like we haven't had hockey for 6 months already.

[smiley face running in circles flailing his arms in the air]

At this time last year it was 8 months since we saw the Oil compete in a game.

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#95 thepeetso
July 15 2011, 04:45PM
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And all of us are a little more antsy for the ice hockey season to begin than usual.

Smytty's return. Eager and Hordi coming in. Want to see if Barker can regain some form. There's a guy on the team who has a chance of winning a faceoff. RNH. Back to back last place seasons - we need some redemption. Plus the Swedes - Omark, Lander, Magnus. EBERLE!!!!! Healthy Hemmer. And we haven't seen Hall since his epic shift that resulted in injury.

Yeah I'd say the Nation is probably a tad antsy for the puck to drop.

2 months really? (*sigh*)

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#96 @Oilanderp
July 15 2011, 04:48PM
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I usually just simulate this part of the season. *sigh*

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#97 Pajamah
July 15 2011, 04:55PM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

I usually just simulate this part of the season. *sigh*

You're nuts man, its the perfect time to start signing all the Finnish 75+ overalls who are 21 yr old free agents.

Give them the minimum, 2 or 3 end up being 90+ who you can trade 2-3 years later for high draft picks.

But to each their own, i'm the geek that builds a team to the point I can simulate a dynasty (3 or 4 cups in 8 years)

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#98 @Oilanderp
July 15 2011, 05:17PM
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Well I spend the first week of free agency signing guys and trading previous stop gaps that i developed + picks for other team's young talent. THEN I simulate :)

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#99 thepeetso
July 15 2011, 05:18PM
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What are you guys stimulating?

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#100 @Oilanderp
July 15 2011, 05:22PM
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Haha NHL 11 "Be a GM" mode. Fun stuff. Has its weaknesses and is not in the least reflective at all of reality but fun nonetheless.

My favorite is when you are in the last year of your GM contract and the owner expects 63 wins next season. Time to look for another job.

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